Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 7th Mar 2006 01:37 UTC, submitted by Valour
Gentoo "It's been a while since I last reviewed Gentoo Linux because there haven't been too many significant changes in the past few releases. I've been using it as my primary desktop operating system for a year and a half, though, and I've been running my main Web/email/database server on it since October of 2004. There's a reason why I've stayed with it that long, both as a desktop and server OS - and there's also a reason why I'm writing a review of the 2006.0 release after a long hiatus from Gentoo reviews." More here.
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minimal binary installation
by tejaskokje on Tue 7th Mar 2006 02:21 UTC
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I don't understand why Gentoo does not have a precompiled binary packages just for the installation sake (similar to what FreeBSD have). In that way I don't have my computer buy compiling software for a day or two. I can start using by installing minimal binary packages and then recompile packages at my leisure.

Is there a way to do this in Gentoo ?

I tried 2006.0 LiveCD but could not get it to install since my crappy DSL connection gets disconnected once in a day for no apparent reason. Minimal binary installation might help in this case.

Tejas Kokje

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mcrumley Member since:

I can start using by installing minimal binary packages and then recompile packages at my leisure.

Is there a way to do this in Gentoo ?

Do a stage 3 installation and download the grp CD, which has pre-compiled packages. It needed to download some files for KDE (at least on amd64), but Gnome installed fine without downloading or compiling anything.

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berzerko Member since:

you may want to try this out:
RR4 linux. its basically gentoo, just all the hard work has been done for you. its a liveDVD though, thats the only drawback i think (big download).

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Angel--Fr@gzill@ Member since:

!!!!! RR4 - gentoo based

I have tried it and it's very good and cool.

But I think its comppiled for a 586, so in theory it won't be as quick as Gentoo... Isn't it ???

On the other hand I remeber have read in several Post in the Web, something about the compilers in gentoo, and other stuff... (don't remember what), that make that the distro finally installed is NOT as quick as it should be theoretically.

And that finally its not quicker than debian.
Some of them said they had moved to debian; that the speed was the same than in gentoo, so , Why spend so long compiling to get the same results ???

Anyone have any info, idea about that ???

Rational, informative anwsers, please.. Not flames, of Gentoo priests telling me is not true, and that I will burn forever in the linux hell...

Why and how.. ???



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xuhu Member since:

You should be able to get away with not downloading the whole ISO by booting with the install initrd and using nbd-http, to mount the ISO over http.

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